Banded Iron Armor is slightly stronger than the regular iron armor piece, but requires more materials to craft. Despite being made of iron, it is not considered part of the iron armor set. Because of this it cannot be used to grant the Matching Set bonus that can be obtained with regular iron armor.
- Blacksmiths and general goods merchants.
- Found as random loot in chests or as a world item.
- Worn by bandits and hired thugs.
- Worn by Mjoll the Lioness in Riften.
This means that the armor cannot be improved past flawless quality without boosting the Smithing skill over 100. This can be achieved by using enchanted items and/or blacksmithing potions to Fortify Smithing.